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Math Students Attend Parsons Lecture at UNC-Asheville

Catawba Valley Community College Mathematics Faculty Luke Walsh recently traveled with three students to attend the University of North Carolina at Asheville’s 2012 Parsons Lecture presented by Dr. Judy Walker, chair of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln’s Department of Mathematics.
Students who attended include Bobby Turnball, Lee Yang and Kou Lee. They all plan on transferring to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to pursue an engineering degree.

UNC Asheville’s Parsons Lecture showcases well-known mathematicians who are able to explain their field of study to a general audience. Part of Dr. Walker’s Parsons Lecture explained how satellites transmit data back to Earth and how RSA coding is used in securing webpages.

Dr. Walker’s research in algebraic coding theory has been continuously supported by the National Science Foundation. Co-founder of the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, she has won several teaching awards and is the author of “Codes & Curves,” an undergraduate text in coding theory.

Under her direction the Department of Mathematics and Statistics was awarded The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in 1998 in recognition of its success in mentoring female graduate students.

Pictured above (from left) are Bobby Turnball, CVCC mathematics faculty Luke Walsh, 2012 Parsons Lecturer Dr. Judy Walker, Lee Yang and Kou Lee.


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